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Earlier today I went for my contact and eye glass exam. I put it off as long as I could due to Covid 19. But, you have to do what you have to do. It’s not bad really, except when they dilate the eyes. Even with those funky dark glasses they give you to wear home, it is hard to see for a while. It’s a fiasco for me. I have to have someone drive me, because for some reason, when my eyes get dilated, I can’t even see enough to drive. I realized this the very first time when I turned forty. Well, that was just right on time, right on schedule. I had 20/20 vision up until that birthday! I hadn’t even realized it until one day , shortly after my fortieth birthday, when one of my children that was about ten years old at that time became sick with a cold. I went and got the cold medicine out of the cabinet and where did all those words go that are printed on the bottle? I had to have her read the directions to me. My ten year old! Oh no! I made an appointment the next morning. A couple of days later I was sporting a brand new pair of contacts. All was right with the world again! I have been wearing them ever since. Contacts during the day and glasses at night if I wanted to see my phone, or the television, lol. Oh well, at least with contacts we can kind of cheat mother nature.

The weather here in Sarasota, Florida has been cloudy and rainy the last few days. The temperature was cooler, but today it has been cloudy, hot and muggy. We had to turn the air conditioner back on. Cooler days ahead though, I hope.

I have been working on my Gemstone Arts Designs jewelry shop non stop. Mostly trying to perfect the photographs and the SEO (search engine optimization). The algorithm on Etsy can be a tricky thing. Just when you think you have all the rules figured out, they change. So, constantly changing. Therefore, we have to change all the keywords and hope we are within their algorithm. I have recently changed the look of my shop. You should check out my shop. I have some very pretty jewelry. Some are perfect for fall. http://www.etsy.com/shop/GemstoneArtsDesigns

I love fall colors. The ending of a season and a beginning of another, a renewal so to speak. The weather, the plants, the clothes and jewelry that we wear. Even our recipes become different. I wish daylight savings time didn’t change though. I like having it lighter longer in the day. When the time changes, it gets dark outside too early.

I’m always adding new items to the shop. I will be adding wine glass charms soon for the holiday season. I already started making them and they are really amazing if I don’t say so myself! If you are at a party and you set your glass of wine down, sometimes its hard to remember which one is yours when other people set theirs down right besides your glass. At least with these charms, you will know which one belongs to you and which one belongs to them. I can hardly wait to get photos of them and get them added to my site. I think they will be a big hit.

With fall comes those delicious fall recipes. I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood for Apple Crunch! I still remember the first time I had it. I was in fifth grade at a fall festival. I loved it from the first bite and after all these years, I still do. I use to make it every fall for my children. They love it too. I will share my favorite recipe with you. I better get busy. Lots of work to do!

Here is a recipe for Apple crunch. When served warm with ice cream it makes a really scrumptious treat! If you make it, let me know how it goes.

Preheat oven to 375. Place 3 cups sliced or diced apples, 1 cup white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour (rounding) and pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a pan. In another bowl, put 1/4 teaspoon soda, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, 3/4 cup flour, 3/4 cup oatmeal (quick or one minute) and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Mix together and spread over apples, then melt 1/2 cup butter to spread over mixture. Bake 30 minutes at 375. Serves 6 – 8.

Published by gemstoneartsdesigns

I am a jewelry artist that loves to design and make jewelry. I have enjoyed it for many years and recently opened an online shop on Etsy. On Etsy my shop is located at www.etsy.com/shop/gemstoneartsdesigns. It use to be just a hobby, now is a job that I love.

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